Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle

Ouch! If you’re a hiker, forager or outdoor enthusiast, you may have run into Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) and have the welts to show for it.

The plant has small hair-like stingers containing a compound called, Formic Acid, similar to the compounds found in some insect stings. For some folks, this amounts to minor skin irritation, lasting several hours, while others may experience Continue reading “Medicinal Monday – Stinging Nettle”



The fields and hills are a table constantly spread.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Isn’t that a lovely quote? Yet, I wonder how many of you truly understand it and how it relates to prepping.   Continue reading “Foraging”

Our Brush with Fame and the Brush Off

Have you noticed there seems to have been an explosion of reality tv programs revolving around homesteading &/or living off-grid?  I don’t know about you, but we really enjoy these shows, learning many things at the expense of the trials and tribulations of others.

…and it makes us feel less alone in our own trials and tribulations, which only seem to be mounting, but I’ll explain a bit more about that in a moment.

Last fall, we were contacted by Continue reading “Our Brush with Fame and the Brush Off”

Fitness Friday – Lies We Tell Ourselves

Editors Note:  I wrote this post several months ago, but thought it was worth recycling.  Come January 1st, we all make resolutions and are gung-ho.  If you’re like me, come January 21st, you’re losing your enthusiasm.  Maybe this post will re-ignite the fire in you… and me.  I’ve lost 15# since I originally posted this–not as much as I would have like to have lost, but it’s a loss and I’m grateful for that. Continue reading “Fitness Friday – Lies We Tell Ourselves”

Wild Wednesday

Here at Misty Meadows, Wednesday’s are all about being… Wild! Re-wilding. Wildcrafting. Exploring the wilds of our homestead.

Today we’re going to talk about Continue reading “Wild Wednesday”

Saponification Saturday

I have psoriasis.  If you, too have been afflicted with this autoimmune disorder, you know how irritating, embarrassing and even painful it can be.

The only thing, not a prescription, I have found that helps soothe my skin is, “Grandpas Wonder Pine Tar Soap”.  Oh, boy! Is it a wonder!!

Shhhh…don’t tell the FDA, they don’t appreciate people making claims such as these, but the rumor is: Pine Tar Soap not only soothes skin irritations (personal experience), it also deodorizes, which you may find helpful to use prior to hunting – it might give you that stealthy edge you’ve been needing, and it may also keep the ticks and chiggers away!

When I began researching how to make my own soap, I ran across people making their own, Pine Tar Soap. What?! Yep! It can be made at home for a fraction of the cost of Grandpa’s – talk about wonder!!

I decided to give it a whirl.

This is my first batch

Look at that rich color.  Many have commented it looks like fudge!  And, those bubbles are luscious!!  It contains olive oil, coconut, lard, pine tar, water & lye, and has rosemary, eucalyptus & tea tree essential oils for their skin soothing qualities.

I’m pretty happy with how it smells and most importantly, how well it soothes my skin!

Do you make soap?  Please post a tip in the comments below!!

It’s available for sale in our Etsy Shop:

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Purchasing in Bulk with Zaycon Fresh

If you don’t Zaycon, you’re losing out on great savings…and a prepping opportunity!

We started buying chicken from Zaycon Fresh about 2 years ago.  This is our 4th time ordering from them, which should tell you something! Continue reading “Purchasing in Bulk with Zaycon Fresh”

Blowin’ in the wind

Here in the Pacific Northwest, forecasts show we have 50/50 of experiencing a storm that will rival the historic Columbus Day storm of 1963. I wasn’t around for it, but I’ve read it caused $230 million in damages, took 46 lives and injured hundreds of others.

50 plus years later, I doubt people are any better prepared for a catastrophe of this nature.

When the storm hits, will you be prepared?

Here are some tips: Continue reading “Blowin’ in the wind”